Four Common Fuel Saving Myths Busted

October 12th, 2017 by

Gasoline Additives

A number of additive products on the market are allegedly capable of increasing your fuel efficiency by as much as 25 percent when added to your gas tank. However, there is no evidence that any of these products actually work. Gasoline obtained at fueling stations often includes its own additives, but these are designed to maintain the cleanliness of the engine. Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula to make your tank of gasoline go further.

Running the A/C vs. Opening the Windows

We’ve all been with that driver who refuses to turn on the air conditioning even in the heat of summer, because “running the A/C uses gas.” This is technically true, but rolling down the windows is also a disputed alternative, as decreased aerodynamics are sometimes said to have an effect on fuel efficiency.

The only guaranteed way to save any gas in this scenario is to drive the vehicle with the A/C off and the windows rolled up. But if you want to be comfortable, you’ll probably have to choose one or the other, and the difference in fuel efficiency between the two may be negligible.

The Type of Vehicle

Selecting a fuel-efficient vehicle is an excellent idea, and we have plenty of options at Hendrick Sandy Springs Toyota. Contrary to popular opinion, the most fuel-efficient car may not necessarily be one of our smaller models. Even full-size vehicles now come equipped with hybrid drivetrains, diesel engines, turbochargers, and other technological developments which allow them to compete with any car on the market when it comes to gas mileage.

Similarly, transmission technology has advanced to the point that choosing between a manual and automatic transmission no longer has to be dictated by your fuel efficiency needs.

The Type of Fuel

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the three types of fuel that you see at the pump? Sometimes consumers are led to believe that the higher-rated fuel will provide better gas mileage, but this isn’t the case. Drivers should consult their owner’s manuals to determine what fuel rating is recommended by the manufacturer; buying higher than the recommended grade is just throwing money away, and most drivers will see no difference in performance.

As gasoline prices continue to fluctuate, drivers are always looking for ways to save money. The staff at Hendrick Sandy Springs Toyota in Atlanta is standing by not only to help you find the perfect car, but also to give you the advice and guidance you need in order to take care of it throughout its lifespan.

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